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TREATMENT PLANS /// CHAPTER 17
Living in the Sticks
If you are used to living in the country, having to travel long distances to stay in a hospital
in a big town or city might be really stressful. You may be away from the support and
comfort of your family and friends and miss your home, community, lifestyle and the
food you usually eat. Being alone in an unfamiliar place is hard and you might feel lonely,
frightened or uncomfortable.
There are other challenges too:
» Inclement weather that may make
travel to appointments dangerous or
impossible
» It becomes harder to continue in
school or work when you add in the
drive times to appointments and/or
days staying overnight for treatment.
» Travel costs (including gas,
accommodation and eating out a lot)
can be very expensive. You or your
parents may also have to take time
off work or pay for child care.
Tips from other rural patients:
» Try to organize several appointments for one trip.
» If you're not feeling well when you make the trip, make sure you take
someone with you who can drive.
» It's OK to let your support people know that you may not be up for
sightseeing or shopping after appointments and that you may just want to
head straight home.
» Find ways to stay in touch with family and friends - phone calls, letters,
emails, Facebook, FaceTime, and Skype. (see resources below)
» Ask your healthcare team to help you come up with a plan for what to do
in emergencies and where it would be advised that you seek care close to
home when you must be evaluated immediately.
» Telehealth: While some appointments will require you physically at your
doctor's office, there may be some appointments that your provider will
allow you to do from home. Be sure to ask if this is an option at your clinic.
» Resources are available that offer assistance for travel and
accommodation costs for rural patients (examples might include gas
cards or discounts on AirBnBs). Make sure you speak to your social worker
or navigator so they can help you get connected to these resources. See
chapter 91.
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